Good oral health habits at home, along with regular visits to the dentist for dental treatments and preventive education will help you and your children become cavity-free for life. Brushing our teeth incorrectly (or not brushing our teeth at all) can leave cavity-causing plaque on our teeth. In order to avoid cavities, the DentaQuest Oral Health Center recommends:
- Brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and try to spend at least 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth.
- Brushing after eating foods that are high in sugar, acid, or starch.
- Using a proper brushing technique. If you are unsure about how to brush correctly, feel free to ask one of our dental professionals at your next appointment.
- Using a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Also, remember to replace your brush every 3 months and after you recover from the flu or a cold. You can also replace your toothbrush if the bristles become worn or frayed.
- Flossing at least once a day. Flossing helps to remove any food that is trapped between your teeth, reduce plaque, and keep your gums healthy.
- Eating a healthy diet. This includes drinking fluoridated water instead of energy drinks or soda (including diet sodas).
- Teaching your children to practice good oral health habits. Do not put anything other than plain water into their baby bottles at bedtime in order to avoid “baby bottle” tooth decay.